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Colloids Committee Chair

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Dr Christopher Blanford (University of Manchester)

  • Engineering the interface between enzymes and conductive surfaces, including nanomaterials
  • Developing combined analyses to optimise the use of immobilised enzymes
  • Industrial biotechnology applications of oxidoreductases, especially multicopper oxidases
  • Enzyme-based biosensors and theranostics
  • Protein film electrochemistry

Dr Blanford studies and engineers the interface between conductors and biomacromolecules. He received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1995. Five years later he was awarded a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities under the joint supervision of Profs Andreas Stein and C. Barry Carter. His thesis work in the synthesis and electron microscopy of ordered porous materials led him to post-doctoral appointments at the University of Oxford’s Department of Chemistry. He researched the formation of three-dimensional photonic crystals by laser holography under the supervision of Prof. R.G. Denning, then protein electrochemistry with Prof. F.A. Armstrong. In 2008, he was awarded a Career Acceleration Fellowship from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to develop enzyme-based fuel cell cathodes. He joined the University of Manchester’s School of Materials in 2011. Since 2009, he has served as an editor of the Journal of Materials Science. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.


Colloids Committee Vice-Chair

Dr Sarah Rogers (ISIS-RAL)Rogers Sarah sma2

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  • Self-assembly (surfactants, polymers, ionic liquids)
  • Nanoparticle synthesis
  • Green solvents

Sarah Rogers has been the ISIS-STFC SANS Team Leader since September 2015 and the Instrument Responsible for Sans2d beamline since May 2010.  She has been a facilities scientist on small-angle beamlines since August 2006, firstly as a junior beamline scientist on I22 at Diamond Light Source (DLS) Ltd and later joining ISIS as a member of the SANS team in February 2008.  Before arriving at Diamond she was at the University of Bristol in the School of Chemistry, where she was undertaking an EPSRC funded PDRA position in the lab of Professor Julian Eastoe, studying the formation of gold nanoparticles in supercritical carbon dioxide.  Prior to this she completed her PhD in the same lab in 2005.  Sarah also obtained her MSci in Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2002.  In addition to her duties as an instrument scientist, Sarah has an active research program in the areas of surfactant chemistry, nanoparticle synthesis, ionic-liquids and supercritical carbon dioxide. 


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Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti (University of Birmingham)

  • Colloidal self-assembly
  • Active colloids
  • Rheology of soft matter
  • Self-assembly of liquid crystals
  • Topological soft matter

Dr Chakrabarti is currently a Lecturer in Soft Matter in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham, where he was appointed to a Birmingham Fellowship in 2013. His expertise is in theory and computation of soft matter. He obtained his PhD in 2006 at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru. He then moved with a Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowship to the University of Cambridge, where he subsequently held an Ernest Oppenheimer Early Career Research Fellowship awarded by the University of Cambridge in the broadly interpreted field of Colloid Science. He also held a Research Fellowship at Clare Hall, a graduate college in Cambridge, where he is now a Life Member. The study of soft matter is central to his research theme with a focus on informing fabrication of functional materials as well as formulation of consumer products by design. His group is particularly interested in designing novel photonic, porous, responsive and viscoelastic materials.

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Colloids Committee Vice-Secretary

Dr Peter Shaw 

  • The formulation, manufacture and use of polyvinyl acetates and polyvinyl alcohols
  • The formulation, manufacture and use of synthetic latexes and dispersions
  • Film formation of polymer colloids

Dr. Pete Shaw graduated with a BSc Joint honours in Chemistry and Polymer Science & Technology from Loughborough University of Technology, he remained at Loughborough where obtained his PhD in ‘substituted Biphenyl acrylic polymers and Copolymers’. Pete joined The Harlow Chemical Company (Harco) as a Chemist in 1983; working on water-based emulsion polymerisation, and then specialising in both the R&D and industrial-scale manufacture of polyvinyl alcohols, especially in their use as the protective colloid in PVC manufacture worldwide. In 2002 Harco was assimilated into Synthomer Ltd, and Pete was appointed to the position of Technical Manager, Auxiliary Polymers in 2003, Head of Research and Analytical in 2007 and in 2010 he was appointed as the Chief Scientist Synthomer Europe. This role provided research leadership in emerging & innovative technologies, as well as initiating & monitoring Synthomer’s academic programme and coordinating the IP process. Pete retired from Synthomer in 2020, and is keen to maintain his association with Polymers and Polymer Colloids.

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Prof Alex Routh (University of Cambridge)

  • Film Formation
  • Assembly through dispersion drying
  • Encapsulation
  • Aggregation and colloidal stability

Joint appointment between Department of Chemical Engineering and BP Institute for multiphase flow. Alex graduated in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University and then did a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Princeton University in America. There he started working in colloids and continued this with a post-doc position in Bristol. He was appointed at Cambridge in 2006 where he is a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College.


Colloids Committee SCI Treasurer

Dr Fiona Hatton (Loughborough University)

  • Polymerisation-induced self-assembly of block copolymers
  • Design of functional polymer colloids
  • Polymers from renewable resources

Fiona obtained her MChem degree in Medicinal Chemistry with Pharmacology from the University of Liverpool in 2010 and remained there for her PhD studies in Polymer Chemistry (2014). Following her PhD she joined the Division of Coating Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm as a postdoctoral researcher. During this time, she worked primarily on cellulose modification with bio- and synthetic polymers. In 2016, she returned to the UK to work as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sheffield, preparing functional polymer colloids by polymerization-induced self-assembly.
In 2018, Fiona became a Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University. Her research interests include renewable polymer synthesis, block copolymer self-assembly and functional polymer colloids. She joined the committee in 2017, has been heavily involved with establishing the Early Career Colloid Committee (ECCo) and is now the CSCG Treasurer.

SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group

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Dr Nick Ainger (Unilever Research & Development)

  • Surfactant self assembly
  • Polymer and surfactant interactions
  • Formulation of colloidal systems

Nick Ainger has worked with personal care products for over 18 years. He completed his PhD in physical organic chemistry at the University of Liverpool (Chemistry, 1999), writing up after taking a position at Unilever R&D at Port Sunlight. He has worked primarily in the area of hair care but has taken an active interest in external collaborations with various institutions whilst applying colloid science expertise to develop new technologies and products.

Paul Hunt (Croda)

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O ConchuirDr Breanndán Ó Conchúir (IBM)

  • Digitisation in Chemical Formulation
  • Colloidal and surfactant self-assembly
  • Rheology of soft matter
  • Nanopatterned surfaces

Breanndan obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge in 2015. His dissertation focused on applying modern statistical mechanics to describe transport, mechanical response and thermal properties in various soft matter systems relevant for new sustainable technologies. Next, he worked as an industrial postdoctoral researcher at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg for two years. Funded by Bayer A.G., Breanndan managed two industrial projects modelling the aggregation of biomolecules in shear flows as well as the ageing of weakly bound colloidal gels. Breanndan took up the position of Research Staff Member at IBM Research in 2017, where he leads research programmes in the areas of formulation rheology and surface science. His expertise lies in harnessing the latest state-of-the-art High Performance Computing (HPC) hardware to guide industrial chemical research and development activity with data-driven in-silico counterparts to laboratory experiments performed by wet-lab scientists.

D CameronDr David G Cameron FRSC CChem CSci (De Sangosse Ltd.)

  • The formulation of Agricultural Adjuvants
  • The formulation of Agricultural Plant Protection Products
  • The formulation of Agricultural Plant Nutrients and Biostimulants

David graduated with a degree in Chemistry/Biology and a PhD in Chemistry in collaboration with Nobel Industries Sweden. This was followed by a Post-Doc in Stockholm, and that 1 year extended into a ten year stay in Sweden, the later five years in the surfactant business of Nobel (now Nouryon). David returned to the UK in 1994 and have spent the last 26 years developing the use of surfactants and polymers to improve agricultural applications of plant protection and nutritional products. David is the Chair of the United Kingdom Adjuvant Association and the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group and also the Vice-President of the International Symposium on Adjuvants for Agrochemicals and elected Chairman of the 2021 Conference ( to be held in Toulouse 17-21 May, 2021

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Colloids Committee Website Manager

Dr Nicholas J. Darton (AstraZeneca)

  • Synthesis and targeting of superparamagnetic nanoparticle linked therapeutics
  • Novel microfluidic based chromatography of antibodies 
  • Biopharmaceutical formulation development

Dr. Darton gained his B.Sc. in Biochemistry at Leeds University in 1998 where he developed a new method for synthesizing amyloid in vitro. He took his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Cambridge University in 2003 working on improving a phage-display based HIV vaccine by protein engineering. After working in industry for Healthcare Market Research Worldwide and Abcam he began his first postdoctoral research associate position in 2006 building up the Biomagnetics research group in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge. Following establishment of this group he began a second BBSRC-industry sponsored post doctorate in 2009 developing a novel chromatographic substrate in collaboration with Medimmune, Lonza and Recipharm Cobra. He worked for 7 years as Technical Lead-Formulation at Arecor Ltd., responsible for estabilishing and leading internal and external collaborative biopharmaceutical formulation development programs. Now Dr. Darton is a Principal Scientist in the Early Stage Formulation Sciences team at AstraZeneca. 

Dr Richard Greenwood FRSC C.Chem (University of Birmingham)Greewood

Richard is currently the Deputy Director of Engineering Doctorate in Formulation Engineering at the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. As of  1 st July 2015 he will be seconded to the Centre for Process Innovation to help establish  the National Formulation Centre. He graduated from Bristol University in 1991 with a BSc in Chemistry and obtained a PhD  from Chemical Engineering Department at Imperial College in 1995.  He has previously chaired the IChemE Particle Technology Special Interest Group and sat on the RSC Formulation Science and Technology Subject Group, where he organised numerous national and international conferences. 

Awards Coordinator 

Joe Keddie 1Prof Joe Keddie (University of Surrey)

  • Non-equilibrium processes in colloids, especially drying
  • Film formation of polymer colloids
  • Applications of colloids in coatings, adhesives, and nanomaterials
  • Thermal, mechanical, and surface properties of polymers

Joseph (Joe) Keddie obtained a PhD in Materials Science from Cornell University (USA) in 1992 and then was a research fellow in the Polymer and Colloids Group at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. In 1995 he moved to the University of Surrey, where he was later promoted to Professor of Soft Matter Physics. He was awarded the Paterson Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics and named a Fellow in 2001, and his research group has won several awards. With Alex Routh, he co-wrote a book entitled Fundamentals of Latex Film Formation: Processes and Properties, published in 2010. In September 2011, he was elected the Chair of the Polymer Physics Group of the Institute of Physics. He delivered the 2017 Thomas Graham Award Lecture presented by the SCI/RSC Joint Colloids Group.

Martin FabianiIgnacio (Nacho) Martin-Fabiani (Loughborough University)

  • Colloidal assembly
  • Antibacterial and abrasion resistant colloidal films
  • Combination of scanning probe and fluorescence imaging techniques
  • Formulation of soft materials, e.g. coatings, adhesives, inks

Nacho obtained a PhD in polymer nanostructures in 2013 at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Spain. Then, he held a postdoctoral position at Joe Keddie's Lab at the University of Surrey working on the FP7 BARRIERPLUS project developing novel barrier coatings for steel. Afterwards, he took up a Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship at Loughborough University in 2016, developing new antibacterial and abrasion resistant colloidal coatings. In 2020, he was awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship from UKRI, which will fund a 7-year program for research to develop the next-generation of paints and coatings. Further to this, he is also interested in the development and formulation of adhesives, inks, and other soft materials.

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Colloids Committee Website Deputy Manager

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Dr Heather Clarkson (Croda)

  • Polymer and surfactant interactions
  • Colloid, drug and active delivery to substrates and interfaces
  • Biotechnology in Formulation

Heather graduated with an honours degree in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Manchester. She obtained her PhD (2004) in Physical Chemistry from the Department of Paper Science at the University of Manchester on the 'Hydrodynamics of Colloidal Deposition on Biological Subtrates'. She has spent her working career in industry working for multi-nationals such as GSK, Unilever and Croda. Her main focus of research has been colloid, drug and active delivery to substrates and interfaces, particularly through coacervation and deposition interrelated to formulation science. Her current role in the chemicals sector working for Croda is as an R&T Manager leading a team in the development of sustainable biotechnology for applications in Personal Care, Home Care and Crop Care using automation, robotics and digital formulation.

CattozDr Beatrice Cattoz (Infineum)

  • Soft Matter interaction (surfactants, polymers, particles)
  • Scattering techniques
  • Lubrication / tribology
  • Formulation

Beatrice obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2012 under the supervision of Terence Cosgrove. She then joined Peter Griffiths’ group at the University of Greenwich as a postdoctoral research associate working on a large collaborative project (Mucus Permeating Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Systems). She applied techniques such as diffusion NMR and small angle neutron scattering to characterize the solution conformation of novel polymers & particles, and quantified their interaction with mucus gels and related extracellular materials. Beatrice subsequently joined Infineum in 2016, she is currently a technologist in the Product Innovation and Engineering group. Her role focuses on delivering solutions for wear protection and fuel economy applications for the automotive industry; a significant amount of this research is carried out in collaboration with academia and central facilities.

Photo DMJDr Dionísia M. de Jesus AMRSC (Consultant)

  • Surfactant Self-Assemblies: Micelles and Microemulsions
  • Nanoparticle synthesis
  • Characterisation techniques, particularly High - Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM)
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis

Dr Dionísia Jesus obtained her PhD in Colloid and Interface Science from Imperial College London under the supervision of Professor Michael Spiro. Her thesis entitled “Microparticle Catalysis in Microemulsions” focused on the study of the extent and mechanism of catalysis of redox reactions by colloidal metals (nanoparticles) in microemulsions. The research project involved the synthesis, characterisation and application of nanoparticles (colloidal metal particles). The nanoparticles were characterized using a wide range of techniques with particular focus on high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Redox reactions relevant to the photographic process had an important role in this project. After her PhD, she has been developing other projects in the area of Colloid and Surface Science as a Research Scientist. Currently, she is also a Physical Chemistry Tutor at University level (undergraduate and postgraduate courses) and an Educational Consultant.


Gemma louise Davies 1Dr Gemma-Louise Davies (University College London)

  • Inorganic and hybrid nanomaterials
  • Medical imaging using nanocolloids
  • Nanotherapeutics for targeted drug delivery
  • Environmental impact of nanomaterials

Gemma-Louise graduated from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) with a Degree in Natural Sciences (Mod. Chemistry) and remained there to undertake a PhD in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, which she was awarded in 2011. Following a brief industry-supported Postdoctoral position in Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Gemma-Louise moved to the University of Oxford as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, staying there for 2 years before she was awarded a Global Research Fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick, where she began her independent career in 2013. She joined the Department of Chemistry at University College London as a Lecturer in Materials in July 2017. Gemma-Louise’s research focusses on the design and development of nanostructured materials for three main applications: i) to understand and solve current healthcare challenges, with a focus on MRI contrast agents; ii) to overcome obstacles in important industrial processes, through the exploration of novel functional nanostructures; and iii) to assess the fate of commercial nanomaterials in the environment. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, collaborating with academics in Engineering, Physics, Life Sciences and Medicine as well as clinicians; she also engages with industrial partners to explore commercialisation of aspects of her work.

Shirin Alexander 2Dr Shirin Alexander (Swansea University)

  • Polymeric and surfactant micelles
  • Green low surface energy materials
  • Material chemistry and nanoparticles
  • Small angle neutron scattering
  • Drug delivery

Shirin Alexander received her PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Bristol in 2012. Her principal research interest is in colloids, surface chemistry, materials, and polymers. Shirin took a postdoctoral research position after her PhD in the Surfactant Research group at the University of Bristol, developing a range of Low Surface Energy Surfactants. Her current research in Swansea University is mainly focused on material chemistry, where she combines the Low Surface Energy Materials (LSEMs) with metal oxide nanoparticles to obtain novel green (fluorine-free) superhydrophobic (waterproof) surfaces. The applications of LSEMs vary from protective and anti-fouling coatings to environmental and biomedical applications. 

Lee Fielding 1Dr Lee A. Fielding MRSC (University of Manchester)

  • Colloidal nanocomposite synthesis/characterisation
  • Polymerisation-induced self-assembly
  • Pickering emulsions and colloidosomes
  • Waterborne coatings

Dr Fielding obtained an MChem in Chemistry from The University of Sheffield in 2008, which was followed by a PhD in 2012 from the same institution under the supervision of Professor Steven P. Armes FRS. He worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the same group until 2015, when he was appointed as a lecturer in the School of Materials at The University of Manchester. His research has primarily focussed on the synthesis, characterisation and applications of colloidal nanocomposite particles as well as the preparation of bespoke colloidal particles via RAFT dispersion polymerisation. His current research themes include the development of novel materials for use in the fields of waterborne paints and biomedical diagnostics.

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